Loribeth Weinstein is the CEO of JWI. Under her leadership of more than 15 years, JWI has created dozens of innovative programs and philanthropic initiatives to end violence, ensure economic security and spotlight leadership and mentoring.
Lori has dedicated her professional life to empowering women and families through her non-profit leadership, strategic consulting and political advocacy. She began her career at The Association of American Colleges’ Project on the Status and Education of Women where she conducted research and authored papers on women’s re-entry into the workforce. She served as the coordinator of training, volunteers and direct services at My Sister’s Place, a domestic violence shelter in Washington D.C. As the director of The National Child Care Advocacy Project at the Children’s Foundation, Lori coordinated a 50-state network of home day-care providers, helping to lift an underground economy to access federal training, education and feeding programs for tens of thousands of low-income children.
Taking her commitment to women and families into the political arena, she became a vice president of Caddell Associates, a political consulting firm that worked with Congressional and Presidential candidates as well as numerous corporate clients. Her portfolio included adding a gender lens to the firm’s media and strategic consulting work. After six years she started her own consulting firm to provide strategic planning and guidance to non-profits and family philanthropies. Her projects included work for The National Women’s History Museum in Seneca Falls NY, Americorp, as well as a number of family foundations. Lori joined JWI in 2000 as the deputy director and became the executive director in 2002.
Lori is a founder of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation (WAWF), which provides more than a million dollars of philanthropic investment to women and girls’ organizations within the D.C. Metropolitan Area each year. She has served on the board of directors of American Jewish World Service and Regional Council of the New Israel Fund and currently serves on the board of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice as well as serving as a trustee of the Emanuel and Anna Weinstein Foundation.
A graduate of Tufts University, Lori has a master’s degree in Women’s Studies and Feminist Therapy from Goddard College. She has written extensively on the empowerment of women and girls at the significant generational junctures of life.
Lori has three children and she and her husband live in Washington, D.C. and on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.